Mad Like Alyce

This was a really fun way to turn an old tablecloth into enough place mats for all 12 people present at our Christmas dinner. It all started with our plan to find a plaid tablecloth. My mom, being the mini hoarder she is, just happened to have a beautiful old tablecloth that was the perfect plaid. I was pleased for all of a day before I realized just one would not cover the two tables we would need to seat our whole family.

Thus the idea to create place mats! The tablecloth was just big enough to do 12 place mats which would look lovely against my mom’s beautiful dining room table. But we still had the dilemma of how to make the plan work for the entire table setup, which included a card table set up at the end of the dining room table to accommodate all guests.

wrapped table

The answer? Wrapping paper!!! We found a lovely butcher paper and arrow printed paper that gave the card table the same vibe and carried the decor theme very nicely. I might even experiment with the idea of wrapping paper vs. tablecloth again next year. Its so much cheaper and available in so many different patterns. Best part? You don’t have to store a tablecloth you might never use again (mom) and it makes cleanup nice and simple.

plaid placemat DIY

No Sew Place Mat DIY

You will need:

  • Fabric or tablecloth that is at least 48in x 80in for 12 place mats.
  • 2 rolls hem tape
  • Iron & ironing board (or a towel to place over ironing surface)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

Instructions:

1. Lay out your fabric, and measure and mark every 20 inches down the long side of the fabric, either by using a pencil or by cutting a small slit to mark. Cut across to get 4 strips of fabric that are now 20in x 48 in.

Note: you can adjust these measurements as you see fit. I went with this since my mom’s tablecloth was a perfect 48x80in rectangle, but you can certainly take an inch or two off each if you will have a more cramped table setting.

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2. Next, measure the long end of each strip and mark every 16 inches. Cut across the fabric to result in 3 pieces per strip, for a total of 12 pieces that are now 20in x 16in.

3. Preheat your iron. Starting with your first piece of fabric, tear off a piece of hem tape the length of one side of the fabric. Place along the edge, and fold over so completely covered, then iron until the tape has bonded. Do this for the remaining edges of the fabric.

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Note: If you did use a tablecloth, you can simply leave the previously hemmed edges as they are. You may then want to trim the opposite side down by roughly .5 inch just to accommodate, or leave as is if you are not concerned with slight size variation. If you think the hem will be too noticeably different, trim it off before you measure and cut your pieces.

4. In each corner, cut the excess of double folded fabric out of the way by slicing diagonally into the corner.

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5. Complete for all remaining pieces. Get a glass of wine and put on some carols, it takes about 45min to an hour.

6. If you wish, iron each of the new place mats to remove wrinkles.

Plaid 1Love those North Pole Cupcakes? So did we!

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  • "Time to wake up." I have probably listened to the new TOP song over 100 (200? 100? Who's counting?) times by now. October 5 cannot get here fast enough! I wanted to pull something fast and simple together. #twentyonepilots #TOP #skeletonclique #losingmyfreakingmind #isitoctoberyet #jumpsuit #trench

The whole look was done with #mehron body paint. This wig also has me feeling my emo high school days... wig from Rockstar Wigs, but i'm not sure exactly which style it is.
  • "We've been here the whole time. You were asleep." No better way to jump back in to some makeup looks than being inspired by one of my all time favorite bands. Who else has "Jumpsuit" on repeat? 
#twentyonepilots #TOP #skeletonclique #losingmyfreakingmind #isitoctoberyet #jumpsuit #trench
  • "Sometimes, you just want things to stay the way they are forever. But you can’t. And they won’t." - Girl in Space

Because i'm trying this thing where I post each look in 3's to keep my Insta page even, and I seriously can't express how hauntingly gorgeous the intros are for each Girl in Space episode. I'm re-listening to the episodes now, and I so excited for 109 since I have NO CLUE what is going to happen! Also, after a few weeks without looking at them, this is one of my favorite pictures, and I can't believe I didn't post it first!
  • "Yeah, I’m glad I’m back, too." Episode 108 of the @girlinspacepodcast  left me with SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! Is Kai alive? Where the heck is Thor? Who is the "lion's paw?" But the biggest unknown is just how important the dwarf star "Ra" is likely to become in the plot of 109... and is why Ra is included in my makeup! The warm glowing orb on my eye is in reference to my suspicions that Ra will soon become a much more relevant part of the Girl in Space plot very soon. #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering #savekillbot #prayforkai
  • Galaxy in action! Quick peek at the movement of the makeup before I put on my wig, which covered a lot of the detail. Gotta love that "sunshine" glare on the shiny black surface! I bought a finishing powder this week to hopefully counteract this in the future. Or just back away from the light.... :P
  • Disappearing into the music...
I was really digging my latest playlist when I started my galaxy makeup last weekend, so I started blacking out everything besides my face to procrastinate taking off my headphones. I took this photo halfway through to see how well I would blend into my background, and kind of liked how this "progress" shot turned out. Funny thing was, this was the last pic where I had a true infinite background, my camera (phone) couldn't quite hang once I was fully blacked out. Time to consider a real camera?
  • Let yourself be found... Another shot of my galaxy inspired by the @girlinspacepodcast. If you haven't heard of this AMAZING audio novella, I highly recommend... trust me, you are in for a treat! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering 
This look took around 3 hours, and while I love the images with the wig, it covered up a lot of the detail. If you try a galaxy look, allow yourself some patience. It didn't look like a lot until I was well into adding color. Take it slow, and keep layering colors, and suddenly it will start to take shape!

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets.
  • Find me... This galaxy makeup is inspired by my FAVORITE audio novella,@girlinspacepodcast, though I may be a bit biased. If you haven't yet started listening, you are in for a treat! Enter the world of the character "X" aboard the Cavatica, as she monitors the radiation from the Red Dawrf Star, Ra. Alone.

Season one is still in progress, so there is plenty of time to join the fun! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets. Honestly, this is the most color intensive look I have done so far, I had cosmetic wedges everywhere! I pulled it together with a @rockstarwigs long curly in Very Berry.
  • Finally, the last in my “sketched” look (for now). Thieve last few weeks have been absolutely insane, and im still processing. I’m going to have to set aside some time for another look this week, there is something so tranquil about turning yourself into a blank canvas in the most literal sense.

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